I turned a corner in the crowded Randolph Street Market yesterday, and almost ran right into “Poems While You Wait”, a group of poets, five yesterday, who routinely makes the Market/Charity Event/Art Festival circuit, or so I was told. Sadly, I had never heard of them before.They directed me to their Tumblr here for more detailed information.
Never mind what they were actually doing. Writing poetry on the spot for a $5.00 donation. The fact that they set up a makeshift writing shop on simple cafe tables, used only vintage manual typewriters, with real typing paper, almost gave me the thrill chills.
My daughter even responded, “This is so cool!”
It is! And it was!!!
Of course, my daughter also thought the typewriters were prehistoric. But to me, it felt like a comforting sigh, so nostalgic. I received one right before I left for college, typed all my term papers on it, changed the ribbons, and fixed type bars. It probably would have been wise, at the time, to purchase stock in “White Out”.
So this is the concept of “Poems While You Wait” (taken directly from their Tumblr):
• Step 1
We show up ~ with Royal, Smithy, & Olly.
• Step 2
You show up ~ with your poetry topic ~ & for a suggested donation of $5 commission an original poem from us.
• Step 3
You go away ~ this is the “wait” part of Poems While You Wait.
• Step 4
You return ~ 15-20 minutes later ~ & retrieve the poem we typed out for you.
• Step 5
You go away again ~ this time with an artifact, a souvenir, a gift from us to you & from you to who-knows-who, a memory of an unpretentious human interaction which resulted in … fun, which is just another word for poetry.
- 100% of proceeds go to support the non-profit literary publisher Rose Metal Press
Here’s a picture from yesterday:
The topic on the sheet ahead of mine was “He proposed to me on a horse. He is allergic to horses.” This made me laugh, but what a great poem this will be!!!
Here are a few examples I pulled off their Tumblr page:
Mine are clever and quirky and will become framed gifts, and I am so excited to give them. Maybe more than anything else.
The best part of this for me???
See Step 5.
Unpretentious human interaction!!!!! A special gift. FUN!!!!!
I am going to stalk them.